mine: joy williams

anonymous asked:

What???? Did you know Joy Williams is the one who sings the Don't Let Me Down acoustic cover for the state farms commercials? I love that version I had no idea she was the one "@billboard How covering a Chainsmokers song in a State Farm commercial helped @JoyWilliams evolve How covering a Chainsmokers song in a State Farm commercial helped @JoyWilliams evolve blbrd(.)cm/v5xrhW

Her cover is so beautiful - i like it better than the original (sorry chainsmokers). Here’s a snippet of the article and the song / commercial. 


The voice soundtracking “The Following" — which features an ordinary man being haunted by the less fortunate, and encourages community outreach through State Farm’s “Neighborhood of Good” campaign — belongs to Joy Williams, formerly of the Americana duo The Civil Wars. As half of The Civil Wars, Williams has won four Grammys and dueted with Taylor Swift, but tells Billboard that covering “Don’t Let Me Down” for State Farm was one of the more exciting moments of her career.

“I got contacted by the team within State Farm, and they told me about the concept for what they wanted to create,” she recalls. "As soon as they started talking to me about it, I was in. I loved the heart and the depth and the call to action. The song ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ came up, and I’ve danced in my kitchen with my son to that song a thousand times. I was thinking about doing it in a way that really fit ‘The Following,’ and the lyrics took on a new life.”

Williams is an unabashed fan of the Chainsmokers, and says that “Don’t Let Me Down,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 last year, is a personal favorite. “They’ve had a huge year,” she says, "and in particular, I really love how well-written that song is! I love how the arc of that song came together, and I’m a huge fan of [co-writer] Emily Warren. Emily plus the Chainsmokers made a song with a heartbeat.”

When The Civil Wars, which Williams formed with John Paul White in 2008 and achieved national acclaim over the course of two albums, split in 2014, the singer-songwriter pivoted to a fuller, slightly electronic sound on her 2015 solo debut Venus. Her cover of “Don’t Let Me Down” is a marriage of her past and present — a vulnerable interpretation of a massive bass drop — and her first exploration of a single (aside from the Civil Wars’ 2012 Swift collaboration “Safe and Sound,” from The Hunger Games soundtrack) breaking into the mainstream.

I don’t know when I started believing this, but I used to think if you’re a good woman you can’t be messy, and you can’t be mad…I’ve been learning that neither of those two things is true. This is that moment when you want to call someone up and give them a piece of your mind, but you don’t because you know that no good will come of it.

I’ve learned sometimes it is enough to let yourself feel the anger…It doesn’t mean that you have to always act on it. Anger can actually bring a searing clarity, and moving through that anger can eventually bring peace.

…I’m discovering what it means to be a woman…It’s not necessarily the things I was taught. It’s the things I’m learning on my own. The good, the bad and the ugly is all in there. To be strong and to be weak, and to be scared and to be bold, and to be angry and to forgive, and to be broken and to break open, and break through, and to be hurt and to do the hard work to heal. That’s the type of woman I want to be.

—  Joy Williams on What A Good Woman Does

Portrait of singer Irene Williams. Autographed on front: “To Fred Hart Williams, in all sincerity, I wish you the best. Irene Williams (Bess), Porgy & Bess.” Printed on front: “Moss Photo, N.Y.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library